December 26, 2019
The amazing story of Christmas
We have heard the story of the birth of Jesus being told every year at Christmas. For some of us we have even participated in the Christmas plays depicting the birth of Jesus. We have read the scripture lessons about the prophecy of the birth of Jesus and the actual birth of Jesus. For some of us we have even committed some of these lessons to memory. These activities have become part of our yearly experience. As I read the text for today and looked at the reaction of those who heard the shepherd’s account of the birth of Jesus I wonder if the story of the birth of Jesus still amaze us or has it become a repetitive story lacking meaning and purpose in our lives?
The birth of Jesus is no ordinary story. It has its origin in prophecy in the Old Testament. Imagine a prophecy so exact being spoken of approximately 700 years before it took place. The prophecy foretold that Jesus would come from the tribe of David, “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land … This is the name by which he will be called: the Lord our righteous savior.” Jeremiah 23:5-6
The prophecy foretold that a virgin would give birth to Jesus and that he would be born in Bethlehem. Isaiah 7:14 states, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and you will call him Immanuel.”
Micah 5:2 tells us, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
This amazing story is filled so much excitement and joy including the visits of the angel Gabriel to Zechariah, Mary and Joseph all highlighting the role they would play in this amazing story. Also angels visited the shepherds who were watching their flocks by night to speak about the birth of the savior of the world in a Manger.
This amazing story have wise men following a star, yes a star to where Jesus was born to worship him. This amazing story includes high drama as Jesus and his family had to flee to Egypt to escape the wrath of Herod who killed children 2 years and younger in an effort to get rid of Jesus.
This story is further amazing because of what the birth of Jesus symbolizes. It is God’s wonderful gift of salvation to humanity. It is the gift of love to us. On this Boxing Day let us reflect on all that took place with the birth of Jesus. Let us reflect on what Jesus’s birth means for us and let us reflect on this amazing story that was foretold so long ago.
Until next week continue to reflect on this amazing story of Christmas.